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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 18 17 15 14 64 UTAH 26 29 28 26 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 23, RON MERCER 16, MARCUS FIZER 7 UTH - KARL MALONE 26, BRYON RUSSELL 15, JACQUE VAUGHN 15

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5 UTH - KARL MALONE 9, JACQUE VAUGHN 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 UTH - KARL MALONE 8, JACQUE VAUGHN 7

ATT: 17,839


Extended Box

CHICAGO (64) AT UTAH (109)

CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

ARTEST F 31 3-9 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 3 0 6 BRAND F 36 5-16 13-13 3 5 8 3 3 1 3 23 RUFFIN C 16 0-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 4 1 0 0 MERCER G 37 8-19 0-1 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 16 GUYTON G 20 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 0 0 2 TARLAC 15 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 0 2 2 HOIBERG 9 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 EL AMIN 14 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 1 1 3 VOSKUHL 12 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 2 FIZER 25 3-13 1-4 1 1 2 0 2 2 1 7 C BENJAMIN 11 0-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 CRAWFORD 14 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 22-81 19-24 13 18 31 15 24 11 10 64 (.272) (.792) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(8 PTS)

UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

RUSSELL F 29 6-11 1-1 3 4 7 4 3 1 2 15 MALONE F 31 10-13 6-9 2 7 9 8 2 0 0 26 POLYNICE C 18 4-6 0-0 0 4 4 0 4 0 1 8 STOCKTON G 22 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 5 2 1 3 4 STEVENSON G 22 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 2 4 2 VAUGHN 35 4-8 6-9 2 6 8 7 2 0 3 15 LEWIS 21 4-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 1 1 9 OSTERTAG 26 4-5 3-7 1 6 7 0 1 0 0 11 MARSHALL 15 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 0 3 7 MANNING 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 D BENOIT 16 5-6 0-0 3 3 6 2 4 0 1 10 STARKS DNP - PERSONAL REASONS

TOTALS 240 43-70 18-28 11 41 52 33 26 5 19 109 (.614) (.643) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(13 PTS)

CHICAGO 18 17 15 14 - 64 UTAH 26 29 28 26 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BRAND 3, ARTEST 2, TARLAC, CRAWFORD. UTAH - OSTERTAG 8, POLYNICE 2, LEWIS, MALONE, D BENOIT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 1-8 (.125), ARTEST 0-2, HOIBERG 0-1, EL AMIN 1-3, FIZER 0-1, CRAWFORD 0-1. UTAH 5-9 (.556), RUSSELL 2-4, VAUGHN 1-2, LEWIS 1-1, MARSHALL 1-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOM WASHINGTON, GARY BENSON. A - 17,839. T - 2:06.


Box Score

CHICAGO (64) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 31 3-9 0-0 1-5 2 1 6 Brand 36 5-16 13-13 3-8 3 3 23 Ruffin 16 0-3 0-0 3-5 1 4 0 Mercer 37 8-19 0-1 1-2 1 1 16 Guyton 20 1-6 0-0 1-1 3 2 2 Tarlac 15 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Hoiberg 9 0-2 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 El Amin 14 1-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 3 Voskuhl 12 0-0 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 Fizer 25 3-13 1-4 1-2 0 2 7 C Benjamin 11 0-5 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Crawford 14 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 22-81 19-24 13-31 15 24 64 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.272, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Artest 0-2, Hoiberg 0-1, El Amin 1-3, Fizer 0-1, Crawford 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Brand 3, Artest 2, Tarlac, Crawford). Turnovers: 10 (Brand 3, Mercer 3, Tarlac 2, El Amin, Fizer). Steals: 11 (Artest 3, Fizer 2, Mercer 2, Brand, El Amin, Ruffin, Voskuhl).

UTAH (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Russell 29 6-11 1-1 3-7 4 3 15 Malone 31 10-13 6-9 2-9 8 2 26 Polynice 18 4-6 0-0 0-4 0 4 8 Stockton 22 1-3 2-2 0-4 5 2 4 Stevenson 22 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Vaughn 35 4-8 6-9 2-8 7 2 15 Lewis 21 4-5 0-0 0-3 1 5 9 Ostertag 26 4-5 3-7 1-7 0 1 11 Marshall 15 3-6 0-0 0-3 4 2 7 Manning 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 D Benoit 16 5-6 0-0 3-6 2 4 10 Starks DNP - personal reasons _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-70 18-28 11-52 33 26 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.614, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Russell 2-4, Vaughn 1-2, Lewis 1-1, Marshall 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 13 (Ostertag 8, Polynice 2, Lewis, Malone, D Benoit). Turnovers: 19 (Stevenson 4, Marshall 3, Stockton 3, Vaughn 3, Russell 2, D Benoit, Lewis, Manning, Polynice). Steals: 5 (Stevenson 2, Lewis, Russell, Stockton). ____________________________________________ Chicago 18 17 15 14 - 64 Utah 26 29 28 26 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 0:59 2nd, 0:53 2nd, 4:30 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,839. T: 2:06. Officials: Jack Nies, Tom Washington, Gary Benson.


Game Story

SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Remember that NBA Finals game when the Chicago Bulls thoroughly embarrassed the Utah Jazz? The Jazz did.

The Jazz dealt the Bulls the second-worst loss in franchise history, a 109-64 demolition that illustrated how far the dynasty has fallen.

In Game Four of the 1998 NBA Finals -- which ended with Chicago winning its sixth championship in eight years -- the Bulls romped to a 96-54 victory over the Jazz, who set records for fewest points in a half and game and suffered the worst loss in NBA Finals history.

The Bulls were dismantled after that season and have been the worst team in the NBA as they try to rebuild. Meanwhile, the Jazz have remained competitive, although they denied they had that game in the backs of their minds.

"It was different times, different years," Jazz forward Karl Malone said. "We just go out and try to get a win."

"I don't think anybody thought about it," Utah center Greg Ostertag said. "I think we were just trying to come out and play well and get the `W' and that's what we did."

Only a layup by rookie Marcus Fizer at the buzzer prevented the Bulls from matching the worst loss in the club's 35 years. On April 2, 1999, Chicago suffered a 115-68 home loss to Orlando.

It was the second-biggest win in Jazz history, topped only by a 144-96 rout of Milwaukee on January 27, 1990 in which Malone scored 61 points.

Malone had 26 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Jazz, who shot 61 percent (43-of-70) from the field, owned a 52-31 rebounding edge and limited the Bulls to 27 percent (22-of-81).

"It was a dominating performance on their part, both offensively and defensively," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "They did a great job of taking away our interior."

The Jazz have not lost to the Bulls since they were victimized by Michael Jordan in Game Six in the 1998 Finals. Utah has won four in a row since that classic contest and six straight overall in the regular season series.

The Bulls were awful. They had as many turnovers as baskets (six) in the first quarter, trailed by 20 points at halftime and came apart in the second half, when their players lost track of how horrible it really was.

"It's very frustrating," said forward Elton Brand, who scored 23 points. "We scored 35 points in the first half but then lost by 50 points. I didn't know it was that bad."

Utah's Bryon Russell scored five of his 15 points in a 9-2 run that gave the Jazz the lead for good in the first quarter. They made 10-of-16 shots and led 26-18 after one period.

Jacque Vaughn's 3-pointer made it 33-21 with 9:51 left in the second quarter and Russell's jumper made it 55-35 at halftime. Malone's jumper capped a 13-2 run that made it 75-45 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

After three quarter, Malone had 10 baskets and the Bulls had 15. A 13-0 surge featuring five points from Quincy Lewis gave Utah its largest lead at 104-56 with 4:02 to play.

Vaughn had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Ostertag had season highs of 11 points, eight blocks and seven rebounds. But Jazz coach Jerry Sloan still found fault with his team.

"There is nothing more frustrating from a coach's standpoint than to watch guys just stand there and say, `OK, if we're getting beat, just let the guy beat him," Sloan said. "That's not taking care of your teammate, that's not being supportive of your teammates and that's what makes a team fall apart."

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